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Hundreds of farmers, why only 23 witnesses?: SC to UP on Lakhimpur violence

Hundreds of farmers, why only 23 witnesses?: SC to UP on Lakhimpur violence

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to expeditiously record the statements of all witnesses of the Lakhimpur violence case and directed it to grant security cover to the individuals.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana, wondered why there were only 23 eyewitnesses of the incident when there were hundreds of farmers present at the rally when the violence took place.

Senior lawyer Harish Salve, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, had told the court that out of 68 witnesses, statements of 30 witnesses have been recorded and 23 claim to be eyewitnesses of the incident.

The top court said there was a crowd of 4,000-5,000 people comprising locals, most of whom have been agitating even after the incident took place.

“The identification of these people should not be a problem,” the court told the UP government.

The bench also asked the state to convey its concerns to forensic labs over the preparation of reports on electronic evidence, saying the process should be expedited.

It asked the UP government to record statements of all relevant witnesses.

“We direct the District judge concerned to entrust the task of recording of evidence under section 164 of the CrPC to the nearest judicial magistrates available,” said the bench which also comprised justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli.

The top court, meanwhile, asked the state government to also file its report on two complaints including the one related to the lynching of a journalist.

“The state is directed to file separate replies in the cases,” the bench said and fixed the plea for further hearing on November 8.

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